With the prospects of a Manny Pacquiao v. Floyd "Money" Mayweather just about as good as a Beatles reunion, the sport of boxing has moved on to trying to find the next guy who may be able to defeat Fraud.
Give me the Pride of Mexico, Mr. Canelo Alvarez.
This is boxing's best chance to upset Mayweather. He's 22, talented, and hungry. He hasn't won enough money to get fat just yet.
If Mayweather is smart, and he is, bet big money he ducks Canelo if he wins his next fight, which is a big one - Sat. April 20 vs. Austin Trout - at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The fight will be televised by Showtime, and has the makings of a major, fun fight that will unify the WBA and WBC Super Welterweight belts. What boxing really needs are more belts.
(Fun factoid: It was 20 years ago at the Alamodome when Julio Cesar Chavez fought Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker. A loooooot of people thought Whitaker won, but was robbed in a "majority draw" after 12 rounds.)
If you don't think the massively pro-Chavez crowd influenced those judges that night then you need to indulge the masses about meeting the Easter Bunny. Just expect Canelo to enjoy a similar support system.
"The crowd can't do anything but cheer for him," Trout said today on a media conference call with Canelo and De La Hoya. "If they don't have anything to cheer for then they won't be able to cheer."
Moving on ...
Canelo is 41-0 with 30 knockouts.
Trout is 26-0 with 14 knockouts.
The first thing people want to know is if will the winner of this fight be matched up against Mayweather in the second of his two scheduled fights in 2013.
Canelo didn't bite. He says his focus is Trout, and that's it. A wise move. Trout can beat him.
"He's a world champion, very difficult style, strong southpaw," Canelo said. "But this also gave me the motivation to go on and fight one of the best and we consider him as one of the best out there. ... The key is not to be desperate."
Give these fighters credit - they are promoting the hell out of this and appear to respect not only their sport but their predecessors and the need to sell boxing hard by giving the masses quality mathchups and not prop bet evenings.
"I would love to bring it back to the golden age where the best fought the best," Trout said.
The best fight the best? How novel.
That means Fraud needs to fight someone who can kick his butt and not just some guy grateful to get a big check.
That guy is Canelo.
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